Twenty aims to dramatically reduce the waste of household products

November 28, 2018 by  
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Dubai Design Week — an annual event celebrating and promoting design and creativity — took place earlier this month, with imaginative minds from all over the world competing for the coveted Progress Prize at the Global Grad Show. This year’s winner, Twenty, sets out to cut down the environmental costs of packaging and shipping household products, like shampoos or cleaners, by offering dry capsules and reusable containers — just add water , and the items are ready for use. Considered to be the largest creative festival in the Middle East, Dubai Design Week takes place at venues throughout the city, with the central hub of the festival being in the Dubai Design District. The competition’s coveted Progress Prize celebrates the next generation of design talent while recognizing the impact of design on society and the environment . Related: How to decode confusing labels on common household cleaners This year, the competition announced Twenty — designed by Mirjam de Bruijn from the Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands — as the winner of the Progress Prize for a collection of dehydrated household products designed to reduce waste and unnecessary emissions by eliminating water content. Judges chose Twenty from 150 selections that came from all over the world, which they then shortlisted to 11 finalists. Since most everyday cleaning products contain at least 80 percent water, Twenty proposes to eliminate the waste and simplify production and transportation with a capsule that you can put into a bottle, add water and then shake to create a cleaning liquid that is just as effective as a store-bought option. “I designed Twenty for people like myself who really want to be sustainable but also have busy lives and need products that are simple, economical, easy to use and fit into their lifestyle,” said de Bruijn. She added that she wants Twenty to be the new standard in household cleaning products, and she is working closely with the university to refine the product while talking to producers and retailers to adopt the perfect strategy for bringing it to market. Brendan McGetrick, the director and curator of the Global Grad Show, said that Twenty is exceptional because it is based on a smart analysis of something that we all need and take for granted. + Twenty Images via Twenty

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Gaming your way to resiliency, climate risk planning

September 15, 2015 by  
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The consultancy Four Twenty Seven created a war game to help corporate decision makers assess climate risks and plan resiliency strategies.

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Gaming your way to resiliency, climate risk planning

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The consultancy Four Twenty Seven created a war game to help corporate decision makers assess climate risks and plan resiliency strategies.

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Reorienting the Economy is a Challenge That can be Overcome

April 20, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Pink Dispatcher / Creative Commons We need an economy for the twenty-first century, one that is in sync with the earth and its natural support systems, not one that is destroying them.

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$1 Invested in Water Yeilds $12 In Economic Returns (Video)

April 20, 2011 by  
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Charity:water, one of our favorite non-profits bringing attention to the water crisis and much-needed wells to African villiages, has put out an awesome video for Earth Day.

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How Green is the iPhone? Infographic Explains.

April 20, 2011 by  
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Photo by Yutaka Tsutano via Flickr CC Geekaphone just completed a study looking at the eco-impacts of the iPhone. Sure, Apple has its consumer-facing sustainability reports for most of their products, including the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. But it’s always good to hear another party weighing in

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Roasted Beet Pizza with Blue Cheese and Arugula

April 20, 2011 by  
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Photo by Jaymi Heimbuch This recipe was created exclusively to pair with the 2009 Ancient Vines Zinfandel from Cline Cellars .

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The Oil We Don’t Spill Is More Ecologically Damaging Than The Oil We Do Spill

April 20, 2011 by  
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photo: Louisian GOHSEP / Creative Commons With all the recaps of what’s happened (and not) one year on since the Gulf oil spill , Carl Safina is making the media rounds (via Mark Bittman in the

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9 Green Brains Tell Us What They’d Fix First (Slideshow)

April 20, 2011 by  
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If nothing else, Earth Day is a moment to take pause and reflect. It’s a time to take stock of the state of the environment, the tenor of environmentalism, and the impact of past actions. This reflection, however, inevitably leads to a single conclusion: There’s still a lot of work to be done

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Trash-Sorting Robot Could Reduce Waste Going to Landfill by 50%

April 20, 2011 by  
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Images via ZenRobotics When it comes to sorting recyclables from trash bound for the landfill, much of the work has to happen by the people throwing away the materials, before waste management comes to pick up trash bins. However, robotics companies are continually working on ways that trash-sorting robots can ensure fewer recyclables head into landfills

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